Kathleen Benckendorf

Saint Louis, MO, USA

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  • Engineer
  • BS, MS in Mechanical Engineering; trauma & attachment stu...
  • From St. Louis, MO, USA
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About Me


Live. Love. Help. Travel.


Both of us: Honest, hospitable, enjoy reading, dancing, outdoor activities like hiking and canoeing, hanging with friends and family.

Kathleen: organized, planner, slightly introverted (but mostly hides it well). Loves rollerblading, cooking, dark malty beer, chocolate.

Ric: extroverted, very sociable, spontaneous, runs, plays basketball, pretty much will do anything if there's someone to do it with.


Be a net positive in the world.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Have surfed and plan to host.


Have surfed at several locations. Plan to host as well.

We have often hosted thru other organizations (AFS exchange students, local college students needing a place to stay for the holidays, church student groups passing thru).


We love hiking, biking, canoeing, tennis; we also run (trail run) and play volleyball. Ric - softball, basketball, skiing, pretty much anything. Kathleen also likes inline skating. Hanging out with friends and family. Travel. Reading.

Music, Movies, and Books

Ric loves movies, Kathleen loves to read. We both listen to audio books from a lot - mysteries, action, suspense, historical fiction, fantasy.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

The Grand Canyon is amazing.
Ziplining in West Virginia was pretty amazing (and I'm afraid of heights! - Kat)

Teach, Learn, Share

Adoption parenting - helping parents cope with the behaviors that come from early trauma. Developmental movement. Cooking.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Conversation. Cooking. An extra set of hands for projects.

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, China, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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